An Irish-Argentinian Freedom FighterList, and Irish members in particular:
I was buying some music when I stumbled on a CD by The Wolfe Tones (thank you Gary, the name rang in my head immediately!), an Irish group. Its name was "A sense of freedom", and among other songs it contains a nice one dedicated to Admiral William Brown, the Irish-Argentine sailor who fought the Independence War and later on supported the Federal Party against the Unitary Party.
Admiral Brown had a small farm in a swampy, useless tract of land by the river not far away from where I am living now. He was a good sailor, a good Irishman, and a good Latin American. His daughter Eliza died of love. A story I will tell you some day, perhaps. The words of the song run:
From a county Mayo town came a man of great renown
A final remark by an Argentine:
Our commanders did not know how to fight, though our boys were heroic. We lost some battles, but shall win our war. Thank you Paddies, we always knew we count on you.
Brown came from Mayo. Recently a statue or plaque was erected alas in the hope of Argentinian tourists. There were reps from the Argentinian Navy (No doubt unsavoury types) The world is becoming a theme park. Then Guevara was a descendent of a Lynch from Cork. I suppose it makes up for the racist cops of Irish descent in America. The Wolfe Tones have great lyrics, a pity about their voices. My partner has a relative, the proverbial sailor who seemingly had a family in Buenos Aires as well as elsewhere. Richards!
Hi, Nestor and all on the list. A Happy new Year to all my cyber comrades. I just popped into my office to clear out the mail and got to this. I remember the war over the Malvinas very clearly and the confusion on the Left here about what line to take. Generally the Left was neutralist. Wrong again of course. A victory for Argentina would have saved us the agony of Thatcherism. As they wrote on the walls in the West of Belfast